• The Secret Keeper

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-01-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (83 ratings)

Regular price: $31.47

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Publisher's Summary

England, 1959. Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.
Fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to Green Acres for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by memories and questions she has not thought about for decades. She decides to find out the truth about the events of that summer day and lay to rest her own feelings of guilt. One photograph, of her mother and a woman Laurel has never met, called Vivian, is her first clue.
The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams, the lengths some people go to fulfill them, and the strange consequences they sometimes have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers and schemers, play-acting and deception, told against a backdrop of events that changed the world.
©2012 Kate Morton (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-01-13

Good (ish) story, terrible narration :(

What did you like best about The Secret Keeper? What did you like least?

Story was a bit long....

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Caroline Lee?

The narrator kept changing her accent - sometimes mid sentence from Australian to semi Brittish... I found it so annoying that I stopped listening to the story for a few days until I could handle listening again. Then I had another break. In the end I read the book on my kindle. I wish I had never wasted my audible credit!
I would have used Caroline Lennon or someone more professional who can use one accent properly and doesn't sound like a 12 year old girl.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

I am never listening to anything by Caroline Lee ever again.

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Karen Campbell on 03-15-13

Another Kate Morton success

Kate Morton's skill is in creating intrigue and slowly, teasingly unraveling it. The Secret Keeper is an enjoyable mystery that keeps you guessing and changing you guess almost to the end. The story is set in the present with flashbacks to the London Blitz and England in the 1960's. The story is well paced and the twists are introduced skillfully. The exception to this is the central scene which involves a confusingly executed murder. The scene is so sparsely described that is difficult to picture how it actually happened and whether it would even be possible. Her two main female characters are interesting but all the rest are rather undeveloped and have a two dimensional quality. This impression could also be due to the narrator's lack of skill with accents, which were all rather garbled.
Overall, it is worth listening to, especially if you can forgive bad accents.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Brian on 05-06-14

Excellent - Ripping Yarn ..

Any additional comments?

I had this on my wish list because I thought it was an English historical novel and it kept coming up with my previous searches ... I bought it and proceeded to loose it in my Library as I migrated to the New version of The Audible App.

Anyway what a surprise - I was slowly drawn in to the intrigue of the characters, the dialogue, the movements in time and the mystery was so well unravelled.

The only thing I would say is that it was a bit too convenient that certain people from long ago kept journals that could be discovered by Lol & Jerry but hey - the joys of fiction !!

I then started researching who this Kate Morton was expecting some English author, and discovered she practically a neighbour here in Brisbane.I'm now eager to read another hmmm will it be the the House at Riverton or perhaps The Shifting Fog ??

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4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 04-01-18

Good but dragged on a little

This was not one of Kate’s best novels, simply because the story was too drawn out at times and became boring. Loved the twist at the end and the characters, so still worth the listen.

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